Sam has loved dogs for as long as she can remember, even though she wasn’t allowed to have one growing up. As an adult, Sam got her first dog, and after discovering that her new companion was extremely reactive to other dogs, she immersed herself into the world of animal behavior…and never wanted to leave. Sam said goodbye to her career path in fashion merchandising, and began her work at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington in 2019 helping animals find new homes. Sam was so inspired by the passion and knowledge of those working with and around her, that she jumped at the chance to join the behavior team at the shelter in 2020. After working with a variety of dogs, and a variety of behaviors, Sam received her CPDT-KA in 2021 and she is constantly looking to expand her knowledge, while supporting and enriching the human-animal relationship.